Women’s Health

Prenatal & Well-Woman Care

IWS recognizes that women’s health is vital to sustaining the overall wellbeing of our patient families. Our central location provides quality well-woman care, including prenatal health and family planning, in a safe, bilingual environment where women feel at ease.
An integral part of our mission is to empower women to become active participants in their own health care. We provide women with maternal care, family planning and disease prevention services. By educating women about health care, we can improve the health of entire families and ultimately, the community.

Prenatal care includes:

  • prenatal and postpartum care and education (continuity of care for labor and delivery provided by two hospital based nurse midwifery practices who provide prenatal care at IWS)

Well-Woman Care includes:

  • comprehensive medical screenings
  • physicals
  • preventive care including breast and cervical cancer screening
  • prevention, early detection and management of chronic diseases, including hypertension, asthma and diabetes
  • referrals for specialized services such as mammograms and radiological procedures
  • family planning services (comprehensive medical care, education and counseling)
  • pregnancy testing at no cost to the patient

Nurse Rose is a certified Nurse Midwife at Swedish Covenant Hospital and at IWS. She uses her talents and knowledge to support expecting moms with the stresses and anxiety associated with pregnancy and labor.
One thing in which Rose strongly believes is practicing mindfulness, or, the practice of taking some time each day to focus on breathing and  relaxation, and trying to focus on being present from moment to moment throughout the day.
“I believe that the emotional and psychological aspects of wellness are very important to overall health”.

Rose recently helped an IWS mother with a difficult labor that lasted several days. Rose remembers that when our mother was in a moment of the most fear and anxiety, she said to her: “I just can not do this for 12 more hours!”

Rose encouraged our mom not to think about the next 12 hours and instead to “focus on how well you are already coping”. Rose motivated the mom to go home and focus on comfort measures such as warm baths and plenty of fluids. In the end, Nurse Rose helped our mom overcome her fear of coping with labor at home.
Two days later, our mom returned to the hospital in better spirits and delivered a healthy baby.